Welcome to Smackdown Live and we are in Louisville, Kentucky and we kick things off with a graphic in memory of Bruno Sammartino
The Miz makes his way to the ring for the return of MizTV to Smackdown. Miz puts the hand up and he asks everyone if they know what it means and he suggests that they do it.
Miz welcomes everyone to MizTV and he says it is the A Show. Miz says there is something missing and that is a title. A title that was relinquished just three years ago by his guest and a title that he made relevant again. He will win it on Friday for the ninth time defeating Seth Rollins, Finn Balor, and Samoa Joe. Miz says it is the most coveted title in the WWE. It is the Intercontinental Championship. That is in three days, but this is now.
Now is the moment that the world has been waiting for. Miz says his guest threatened to punch him in the face last week. He is a man who holds a grudge from years ago on Talking Smack, a show that got cancelled after he left Smackdown. He is angry because he told the truth to his face. He is a man who demanded that Miz come to Smackdown to confront him. He is a man who wants to get his hands on him so badly he can taste it. Miz says he is surprised because it was a month ago that he welcomed his daughter into the world. He says when his daughter looked into his eyes, Miz says he knew he had to be a better man.
All of the anger and bitterness he had for Daniel Bryan melted away. MIz says he is surprised that Daniel did not feel that way when Daniel saw his daughter. They are both reality television stars.
Miz says Daniel and he are in ring technicians. Miz says when he became a father, he knew he had to change. Miz tells Daniel if he still wants to punch him in the face, he should come out and punch him in the face.
Daniel does not come to the ring. Instead Big Cass makes his way to the ring and he is wearing a suit and walks with his fist up.
Miz asks Cass if he can help him.
Cass says it looks like Miz doesn't have a guest so he can interview him. Miz says he was supposed to interview Daniel Bryan but Cass says no one cares about Daniel Bryan.
He mocks the people who talked about Daniel's injury but Cass says no one cared while he rehabbed his injury. Everyone talked about Daniel Bryan. No one was talking about him. He is living in the shadow of that ordinary little man.
Miz says he understands that Cass is upset and he says that he does not need Cass' help with Daniel Bryan. Cass says that it is not all about him.
Miz asks Cass who does he think he is. Miz says he is a Grand Slam winner and a first ballot Hall of Famer. He starred in The Marine 6 and he main evented Wrestlemania. What has Cass done other than hobble around on his injured knee?
Cass suggests that he shut Miz' mouth right now. Miz says this isn't about them. It is about Daniel Bryan. Cass says it is about Daniel Bryan. He is an average Joe who looks like he should be laying tile in his kitchen or picking up his trash. Cass mocks Daniel and he says that you are never going to achieve your dreams because they are unobtainables. He says that you are all Joe Schmoes.
Cass says he knows what it was like to be Daniel Bryan. Until he was 16, he was a little guy. He was bullied and got pushed around. Cass says he got sick of being beaten up and he grew and grew until he was seven feet tall. Cass says he went back to the people who pushed him around and beat them up.
Cass says that Daniel reminds him of who he was and he hated it. Cass says he did not have to work the bingo halls or the indie scene. He did not have to go to Japan or Europe. He says he did not have to go there because he is tall and good looking. That makes him a star and that makes him money. He still lives in the shadow of Daniel Bryan, but not for long. Cass says he is going to make sure Daniel Bryan is going to go back where he belongs.
Back on the shelf, battered, bruised, and retired. He will never cast a shadow over anyone else again. Cass throws the mic and leaves the ring.
Backstage: Becky Lynch and Asuka walk in the back and we see Daniel Bryan down in the back. Becky and Asuka go to check on Daniel.
BECKY LYNCH AND ASUKA VS THE ICONIC DUO
Asuka takes Peyton's head and slams it into the turnbuckle. Becky in now and a nearfall by PEyton. Becky off the irish whip sends Peyton to the mat. Peyton misses with a clothesline.
Exploder suplex by Becky. Billie in and Billie working over the arm. Becky gets to her feet trying to fight out of it but Billie with a kneestrike. Peyton and Asuka in the ring now and Asuka with a dropkick to Peyton,
Asuka blocks a kick and applies a standing ankle lock. Billie is knocked off the apron. Asuka with a hip attack and Becky and Asuka with a double hiptoss.
Becky unloads with right hands on Peyton, Irish whip and The Iconics with double team action on Becky as Peyton goes for the three count using the ropes for leverage
The winners of the match: The Iconics
Backstage: Renee Young is outside Shane McMahon's door. She says she is hoping to get an update on Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles leaves the office. AJ says he is in a good mood because he is a happy guy. He will be alone in the ring with Shinsuke Nakamura in three days. He also gets a chance to soften up Nakamura but he will have Rusev and Aiden English with him. Renee asks AJ if he is taking them on three on one. AJ says it will be a six man tag match. Renee asks AJ if he knows who is partners are and AJ says it will be Too Sweet
We are back with a feature on Andrade Almas. Zelina Vega says that he is the only brand they care about. Andrade says he is El Idolo. Zelina says Almas has no peers because no one is on his level. He will show the world that he deserves the spotlight.
Backstage: The Usos are talking and Naomi walks in. Jimmy asks Naomi to promise she won't come out to the ring. Naomi says no who knows what could have happened and last week she looked into Harper and Rowan's eyes and saw nothing. Naomi says she knows this is what they do but she has a bad feeling
Jimmy says he knew she loved him because she cares about him. Jimmy tells Naomi Jey will be out there to have his back and this Friday they will win the tag team championships and tonight he will take care of Rowan
JIMMY USO VS ERICK ROWAN
Rowan taking the fight to Jimmy early on. Rowan takes out Jey. Jimmy flies off the ropes onto Rowan on the outside. Superkick to Rowan. Jimmy goes to the top rope but Rowan shoves Jimmy face first into the barricade. Rowan on the outside runs through Jimmy.
Rowan sends Jimmy back into the ring. Rowan has Jimmy on his shoulders but the lights go out and Naomi makes her way out. Naomi with the distraction as Jey connects with a superkick to Harper sending him into the stairs meanwhile back in the ring Jimmy with a roll up from behind for the three count
The winner of the match: Jimmy Uso
Carmella says the fans are booing because they will never know what it's like to be champion. Last week she had a 'Mella-bration and played a beautiful, fabulous highlight reel of her accomplishments and no one gave her any respect. She says that highlight reel was a masterpiece and since she's the champ and makes the rules around here she's going to replay the highlight reel
When it's over they will give her the ovation she deserves so when it's done they will stand up and cheer. Carmella says the cheers weren't good enough so they're going to play it again and this time the fans are going to stand up and cheer and they're going to do it over until everyone gets it right.
Charlotte interrupts the highlight reel and makes her way out to the ring. Carmella gloats and taunts Charlotte. They are both sitting and Charlotte takes the contract and signs it and gives Carmella a WOOOO! before tipping the table over onto the champion
SHELTON BENJAMIN VS RANDY ORTON
Shelton in control early on. Orton goes for an RKO but Benjamin counters. Right hands in the cornere by Benjamin and Orton uppercuts his way out of the corner sending Benjamin to the outside.
Benjamin catches Orton in the throat and Orton is draped over the middle rope as Benjamin connects with knees and kicks sending Orton crashing to the floor as we go to break
We're back and Benjamin with a chinlock on Orton. Orton gets to his feet nailing Shelton with knee strikes and a headbutt. Benjamin with a kick to the jaw and a nearfall
Benjamin back to the chinlock. Orton still on his feet as Benjamin turns it into a side headlock but Orton delivers a suplex creating separation. Orton explodes with a series of clotheslines and delivers the powerslam
Orton pulls Shelton through the ropes and plants Benjamin with the DDT. Sunil Singh runs down for the distraction. An RKo to Singh and as Orton turns around Shelton with enough time to get to his feet delivers PayDirt for the three count
The winner of the match: Shelton Benjamin
Backstage: New Day are celebrating with pancakes and The Bar walk in to spoil the party
Backstage: Gallows and Anderson walk into AJ Styles' locker room and they celebrate the reunion of The Club
THE CLUB VS RUSEV DAY/SHINSUKE NAKAMURA
Styles and Nakamura start things off but Nakamura decides to tag in English before any physicality occurs. Styles knocks Nakamura off the apron and then brings English into the ring. Gallows tags in and he punches Aiden. Anderson tags in and he hits a European uppercut. Anderson with a snap mare and Styles with a sliding forearm. Gallows tags in and hits a splash. Anderson tags in and hits a jumping knee. All three men take care of Rusev.
We are back and Anderson with a knee to Rusev and Styles tags in. Styles with strikes to Rusev. Styles goes after English and Nakamura and AJ goes to the apron. Rusev with a jumping thrust kick and English tags in. English with a knee and kicks. English with a reverse chin lock. English sends Styles to the mat and kicks him. Nakamura tags in and punches Styles in the midsection. Nakamura with knees to Styles and then he kicks him in the corner. Nakamura with a snap mare and knee drop for a near fall. Nakamura teases a kick to the lower groin but he decides to kick Styles. Rusev tags in and he kicks Styles.
Rusev with a slam and running elbow drop for a near fall. English tags in and he hits a running hip in the corner. Rusev with a thrust kick for a near fall by English. Styles with a Phenomenal Drop Kick and Rusev tags in but Styles with a Pele Kick. Gallows tags in and he clotheslines English and then hits a splash into the corner. Gallows with a round kick to the shoulder and then Gallows with a pump handle slam and a Warrior splash for a near fall.
Rusev sends Anderson into the ring post. Gallows sends English to the floor. Nakamura makes the tag and he kicks Gallows in the leg and hits Kinshasa to the back of the head for the three count.
The Winners Of The Match: Shinsuke Nakamura, Aiden English, and Rusev
Post Match: Styles attacks Nakamura but Nakamura with a forearm to the lower groin. Nakamura sets for Kinshasa on AJ but Anderson gets in the way to take the move.
Nakamura tells AJ to come on as he sets for Kinshasa on Anderson and he hits it.